Ragusa > Noto and Syracuse > Taormina
Approximately Travel Time and Unit: Full Day – 130 Miles (210 Kilometers)
Private Vehicle and English Speaking Driver Disposal: full day from h 8.30AM
Syracuse, English Speaking Local Guide NOT included
Today meet our staff and departure for Noto. In the Arab period the town was the capital of one of the three districts of Sicily (the Val di Noto) and once defeated by the Christians, Noto became a rich Norman city. Unfortunately it was totally destroyed by the 1693 Sicilian earthquake and rebuilt in a new position nearer to the Ionian Sea. But the new Noto is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque! Most of the buildings, including churches and noble palaces, follow one another along the main street and are characterized by the honey tonality of tufa stone. Facades and balconies are all skillfully decorated by grinning masks, lion heads, putti and other embellishments. Unmissable is Noto Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Nicholas and built in perfect Sicilian Baroque style.
This afternoon onto Syracuse, an ancient town founded by Corinthians in 734 BC, that later became a very powerful city-state and exerted influence over the entirety of Magna Graecia, of which it was the most important city. Visit the Archaeological Park (Admission fee: not included) that highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Paradise Quarry. The resulting park contains some of the most extraordinary monuments that classical antiquity has left us and, given their degree of interest and importance, has few equals elsewhere in Italy. Even a quick stay in Syracuse must include a visit to this archaeological site. Then walk around in the Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center, discovering the ancient and medieval streets, the Dome and the Aretusa Fountain.
Later onto Taormina.
This transfer tour is operated with English speaking Driver.
We do recommend to hire the local guide at:
-Syracuse, to visit the Archaeological Park
You will find this extra service on the booking procedure and feel free to add or skip at your convenience.
FULL DAY TRANSFER-TOUR: Full day excursion is approximately 7-10 hours in accordance with the itinerary and route.
PRE-POST TOURS: pre-post tours and packages are available on request.
BAGGAGE HANDLING: One big size and one trolley per person are allowed in this tour.
ADMISSION FEES: The price of this tour does not include Admission Fees.
TOUR CODE: RAGSRSTAO